A Turquoise, Diamond and Sapphire Bird Brooch by Boucheron
Boucheron blossomed during the hey-day of France’s Second Empire. In 1852, four years before Boucheron opened his doors in the Palais Royal, Napoleon III’s lavish coronation wetted the appetites of France’s elite for decadent ornaments. Boucheron succeeded in both anticipating the demands and desires of his clients, as well as creating imaginative new styles and innovating the way they viewed jewellery.
During his lifetime Frederic Boucheron spear-headed a new direction for the Parisian Jewellery industry in both style and operation. In the 1867 Universal Exposition Boucheron premiered and won a gold medal for his revivalist Marie Antoinette and Campana style jewellery. A decade later, at the 1878 World Fair, Boucheron again amazed the jury with his originality for which he was awarded with the Grand Prix.
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